"This agreement also sets the stage for future economic development in the Four Corners region -- which has been jeopardized in the past because of the uncertainty of available water rights," Richardson said.
The settlement adjudicates water rights and provides associated water development projects that benefit the Navajo Nation in exchange for a release of claims to water that could have potentially displaced existing non-Navajo users in the river basin.
The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will be the cornerstone of proposed development projects in the area of northwest New Mexico.
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